Friends of Congo works with the Association of Widows located in the South Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Association has been in existence since 1975. It is made up of over 5,000 widows located in 35 parishes in the South Kivu province in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
A key aim of the organization is to serve the widows of those who have lost their men as a result of the war that has claimed over 5.4 million Congolese since 1998. The Association of Widows also works with women who have been victims of rape and sexual abuse in an effort to provide them a support network and integration back into society.
The Association provides training, skills development, cultural education, health-care, child-care and numerous other services for the women, children and the communities from which they come. A top priority for the Association is the care of thousands of women and orphans who have been victims of rape and sexual violence as a result of the conflict in the East of the Congo.
Find out more about the situation of women in the Congo